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«To-gather»: Call for Applications

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ripple across the international art sector, limiting mobility and opportunities for international collaboration as well as revealing the very precarious realities of many arts practitioners, cultural organisations and institutions. The pandemic has also brought into stark relief the prevailing structural inequalities that continue to shape much of …

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The Arts Council

Overview of open calls for applications

The upcoming submission deadline for calls for application in the various disciplines is 1 September. For further information on open calls and forms of promotion Pro Helvetia offers, please visit our webpage: Design Innovation & Society Interactive Media Literature Music Performing Arts Visual Arts

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Literature, Visual Arts

Comics creation grants 2021

In connection with a two-year pilot project (2020/2021), Pro Helvetia is again awarding creation grants for Swiss creators of comics this year. The awarded sum of CHF 20,000 per grant is intended to ensure the realisation of selected projects in the comics field. Eligible for a creation grant are arts practitioners from Switzerland who are …

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Literary creation in all languages

Starting in 2021, Pro Helvetia expands its support for literary creation to texts in all languages: For the first time, authors writing in all languages can apply. This means that also Swiss authors who are writing in languages other than Switzerland’s national languages can submit applications for a literary creation grant (formerly literary work grant). …

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Creation grants for 10 creators of comics

As a pilot project, Pro Helvetia is – for the first time – awarding creation grants to Swiss creators of comics in 2020 and 2021. The first call for projects closed in December and proved highly successful. 61 projects were submitted, 24 from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, 35 from the French-speaking part and 2 …

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New platform for book professionals

New, fresh and digital – the platform «Translate Swiss Books» enables international publishers, translators, event organisers and other professionals from the world of books to gain swift and uncomplicated access to information and tips on the latest in Swiss literature. «Translate Swiss Books» replaces the print publication «12 Swiss Books», which went through eight editions, …

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The Arts Council

«Close Distance»

The call for projects under the heading «Close Distance» has now closed after two months and with 591 projects submitted. Pro Helvetia’s aim was to encourage the creation of art formats with an innovative approach to coping with the distance imposed by Covid-19 and its medium and long term impact.   «The overwhelming number of applications shows that …

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The Arts Council

«Close Distance»: Seeking New Cultural Formats

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically reduced our mobility within a very short time, in some cases down to zero. Cultural life in public has ground to a halt. This unprecedented situation is posing great problems for the arts and cultural scene and requires innovative solutions. What creative strategies and alternative formats can be applied when …

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Work grants for literature

In 2020, Pro Helvetia will once again award work grants of CHF 25,000 each to Swiss authors writing in all four national languages. Thanks to this support, they can fully devote themselves to a literary project over a long period. The funding is destined both for established authors and young talents. However, they must have already published a …


One month at the Château de Lavigny

In summer 2019, Luciana Cisbani spent a month at the Château de Lavigny and devoted herself to translating texts by Pascale Kramer. The international residence in Canton Vaud was set up by Jane Rowohlt in memory of her husband, the German publisher Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt. In her former home – Château de Lavigny, built in …


At Arles, where the Rhône stagnates

Translator Gaëlle Cogan from the French-speaking part of Switzerland spent one month at the Collège International des Traducteurs Littéraires (CITL) in autumn 2017. Located in the centre of Arles in the west wing of the former «Hôtel-Dieu», the CITL offers an ideal infrastructure and atmosphere for translators of literature from around the world. One of …

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Swiss literature as guest of honour in Montpellier

Around 30 Swiss authors have been invited to the 34th edition of Comédie du Livre in Montpellier. Organised by the municipal Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole society, the Comédie du Livre festival presents a broad-based literary programme every year. The festival was originally founded to boost the booksellers’ network and to stage a public open-air event focusing …